William Allen was born in Richmond, Va., in 1822; moved to McHenry County, Ill., in 1844, and engaged in blacksmithing. He went to California in 1849, and remained seventeen years. Three years of the time he was engaged in mining, and the remainder on a ranch. The steamboat landing in Tehama County, Cal., on the Sacramento River, known as Allen’s Landing, was named after Mr. Allen, for the reason of his owing the land a large wood-yard there. In 1868 he sold out and moved to Chicago, Ill., and engaged in business; removed to Fort Dodge, Ia., and was engaged in the mercantile business there for three years; then came to Sac City, and engaged in the same business, which he sold to George Parker in 1876. He owns considerable country and town property, and has retired from active business.
Biographical Sketch of William Allen
MLA Source Citation:Western Publishing Company History of Western Iowa, Its Settlement and Growth: A Comprehensive Compilation of Progressive Events Concerning the Counties, Cities, Towns and Villages--biographical Sketches of the Pioneers and Business Men, with an Authentic History of the State of Iowa. Sioux City, Iowa: Western Publishing Company. 1882. AccessGenealogy.com. Web. 22 December 2014. http://www.accessgenealogy.com/iowa/biographical-sketch-of-william-allen-2.htm - Last updated on Aug 16th, 2012
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